Showing posts with label olympics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label olympics. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 August 2012

#SilentSunday: 12th August 2012

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

A generation inspired

One of the aims of London 2012 was to inspire a generation. It certainly seems to have rubbed off on to my children. We have had so many sporting activities going on in our street over the duration of the Olympics:


My son wants to be the next Jessica Ennis bless him though he may work out that he needs to do decathlon and not heptahlon when he gets older!


Let's hope their enthusiasm carries on well past September and the end of the Olympics/Paralympics! How inspired are your children?

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful: Olympic Edition

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

The hop is being hosted by Fay at a Glass Half Full this week. With what I've been up to the only theme I can have is the Olympics!



1) Olympics with my children

We were amongst the lucky people to get the cheapest seats in the stadium in the ticket allocation. This meant that on day 1 of the athletics we were seated right at the top of the stadium looking down the entire thing. It was a wonderful atmosphere and such an amazing experience for us all - especially cheering on Jessica Ennis on her way to gold!


2) Olympics with CocaCola

My second trip was my prize from CocaCola for my Sustainability Post. This time I went with my mum and met up with 2 other mummy bloggers Pippa (plus her husband) from A Mother's Ramblings and Lou (with her daughter) from Bloggomy as well as the lovely PR ladies. This experience was a lot more laid back than travelling with my children!

We were seated 10 rows from the front for an evening session and got to be close up to the action for semis and finals. It was very exciting being so much closer to the track side. I definitely came out with a huge grin at the end of the night.


3) Olympics at Home

My children have really taken on board the excitement of the Olympics. It has been fantastic watching them and their friends in our street recreating their own Olympics with running and cycling races. My son seems to think he is the next Jessica Ennis bless him!




Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Olympics with CocaCola

Tonight my mum and I enjoyed our prize trip to the athletics thanks to CocaCola! What an amazing experience. Here is a taster before I can write a full post:

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Not just the sport

Yes the sport is fantastic during this Olympics and we are racking up the medals but it's not just that that will stick in my memory after visiting London this week.

There are so many happy people in the city many decked out in their national colours:

There are lots of police everywhere but luckily they are able to concentrate on PR rather than dealing with problems. My children certainly enjoyed their conversation with West Midlands police officers in Trafalgar Square:

So much of London has been decked out for the games and their are art installations in all sorts of places celebrating London 2012:

The statues of Trafalgar Square are sporting hats:
Around Westminster Abbey there are some beautiful gymnasts:

And the house of flags in front of the Houses of Parliament has the flags of all the Olympic nations:

So if you can get to London but not an event then go soak up the atmosphere!

Friday, 3 August 2012

A quick Olympic post

I had an amazing time today with my children at the Olympic athletics. We were so lucky to get the really cheap tickets. They turned out to be right at the top of the stadium! incredibly we were at the top of the steps with no-one in front of us. It was pretty chilly up the top as there are vents in the back and under the roof but the sun was kept off us.

It was an electric atmosphere with huge cheers for any British competitor. We also supported the back markers in any race. The vast majority of people were so friendly and it was a pleasant place to be with young children.

Only down side were the queues for food and drink and getting back to tube! Getting in went very smoothly and all the staff and volunteers were pretty jolly.

It's not yet been possible to get my photos from my camera (I am blogging from M6!), so this is what I grabbed on my trusty iPhone:

 
 

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Coca-Cola Olympic Games Sustainability Challenge

Pippa from a Mother's Ramblings has been asked by Coca-Cola to challenge us to showing our family getting into the Olympic spirit by getting more active. Regular readers to my blog will know that I am trying to get myself in shape and encourage my children to be healthy so this is a great challenge for me. 


We spent the last week up on Royal Deeside with my parents and it proved the perfect place to be really active as a family. For starters we were staying in a lodge at Craigendarroch with a hotel on the site. This meant that we had access to the hotel pool and spent up to an hour each day in the water. My children have been having swimming lessons and loved practising their skills and acting a bit like dolphins. The grown ups also got a chance to do some swimming and show off some tricks such as underwater handstands and swimming between legs. Just wish we could swim more often as a family back home...


One of our biggest active adventures was an all day bike ride. My son only learned to ride a bike without stabilisers in May but really loves spending lots of time on two wheels. His big sister enjoys showing off her cycling skills too so a family bike trip sounded like a fabulous idea. We hired bikes from a local centre and on the only sunny day of the week set off on our adventure:




We aimed to head off through some forest trails on the north bank of the Dee that had newly been opened. First of all we had a short ride along a quiet road (just as well when your 5 year old can't cycle in a straight line!) Things started off well as the gates on the track were bike friendly with special handles to open them on the top whilst sitting on a bike.


Really annoyingly it was on this trip that my iPhone played up about taking photos and I also managed to lose virtually all the ones I did take :-(


Along the forest trail it was a lovely ride although my son did struggle with the uneven surface and had a few bumps. At one point we had to ford a stream that entailed me carrying over children and their bikes! Then we must have taken a wrong turn on to a very narrow footpath with some steep descents:




Once again Mummy the sherpa carried down the children's bikes down the steep hill. We had a lovely walk pushing the bikes along the banks of the Dee - although my daughter was caught by a salmon fisherman who wrapped his hook around her handlebars! We paused for lunch by the Cambus O May suspension bridge. The bikes needed manhandling over the turnstiles on each side. Once again this gave me a good bicep workout...:




On this side of the Dee there is a bicycle route built on the old railway line. This surface proved a lot easier for everyone especially my son. We pretty much whizzed back towards Ballater. There had to be plenty of rest stops for tired little legs - especially ones that managed to cycle through nettles at the side of the track...


Back in the town we had some time left on our bike hire so headed off to a river side car park and picnic area where the children practised mountain biking skills by going round and round over a humpy course. It was amazing they had any energy left after a 7 mile bike ride! Even more surprising they still wanted to go swimming after we got back...


The next adventure was on the Friday when we hiked around Loch Muick. The weather forecast wasn't brilliant but it didn't deter us or the children. The key to keep them going was to have them looking out for all the local wildlife such as deer:



We also had regular snack stops at various points to keep up their energy levels. It didn't seem to matter that at times the rain was coming down in torrents the children just kept on going - even if granny's big umbrella was sometimes needed to keep the worst of the rain off:




Keeping the grown ups safe by leading us across the rocky bits and finding the least puddly bits of path must have clocked up another couple of miles. There was a feeling of triumph to reach the top of the Loch (you can see how wet it was by the fact the camera was damp too!):




It all brought back memories of my childhood spent youth hostelling and camping in all sorts of weather. Hopefully it will encourage my children not to just be fair weather hikers. It was amazing how few moans there were on our 8 mile walk so let's hope we can keep it up and extend all our stamina. To sum up the walk here is my daughter's verdict on the day:


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Now we are back home and we aim to keep up the momentum during the summer. We have proved to ourselves that it doesn't matter if its raining when we go out getting active (though my waterproofs could have been more effective!) which is just as well if this summer carries on the same way it has started...


Breaking update: all the exercise paid off as I have lost weight (OK only half a pound) despite eating and drinking more than normal whilst away! 

Friday, 22 June 2012

Olympic torch relay

Today was Kendal's moment to welcome the Olympic torch and it's cavalcade. Typically it was raining quite heavily this morning but that didn't deter the crowds. I had my kids up early so we could get a parking space in the centre and grab a rare McDonald's breakfast first!

Being a sponsor the restaurant were handing out balloons to everyone to wave. These didn't like the rain very much and bounced along the ground rather than floating! There were also plenty of street hawkers selling flags and inflatable torches. We missed out on free Coca Cola goodies as they were limiting the hand outs :-(






The atmosphere built as the police passed on information as to the progress of the torch. Then the early stages of the cavalcade passed us by. We were near a kiss point so the next torch bearer was dropped off and given a final briefing by a cyclist with an emergency back up torch on his back! She looked quite nervous but still managed to wave to the crowds.

Then the previous torch bearer appeared to cheers rolling down the street. They met in front of the library for the handover and the photo opportunity moment. That was the point all the grown ups stepped forward to snap and some of the children missed it - whoops!












Off went the torch to more cheers and we headed back to the car. At the last minute we realised the relay was looping round the car park so ran over in time to see it from above. This time my son actually got a good view!

So that's it for Cumbria and the torch relay. Next time we see it as a family will be in the Olympic stadium in August!

Update as to what I got to hold at work:






Monday, 18 June 2012

Olympic countdown

Today I picked up my olympic tickets from the post office:

It seems so long ago that I was successful in my bid for tickets. The children and I are in the cheapest seats in the stadium which turn out to be on the narrow end of the oval! Think it will be more of a case of soaking up the atmosphere than getting up close and personal to the action...

Reading through all the bumph with the tickets we will have to abide by lots of rules and regulations and are expected to be there at 7:30 in the morning!!! It is going to be an amazing experience all round although I am more excited than the children at the minute. Hopefully seeing the torch through Kendal on Friday will build it all up for them.

I have got my quick guide to athletics to take with us as I haven't got a clue about some of it! Still just over 40 days to go but it really feels like its nearly here now I have the tickets